Olympic silver medalist Alex Yee (GBR) pulled out all the stops with a huge sprint to the line, leaving Tokyo bronze medalist Hayden Wilde (NZL) to settle with second, while France’s Leo Bergere rounded out the podium.
The race began with France’s Vincent Luis showing his normal dominance in the water, eventually coming out of the water well clear of the rest of the field with only countryman Dorian Coninx able to stay close. The Frenchmen’s lead of 40 seconds quickly evaporated, though, and a huge lead group of 39 formed within the first few km of the bike. Only a few were dropped through the 40 km bike – there were 35 in the lead bunch as they hit T2.
Luis appeared to be off as he was well back starting the run, while Yee and Wilde moved through the field quickly and were in front by the end of the first km of running. The pair remained together as they neared the blue carpet of the finishing chute, which is when Yee made his move and out-sprinted the Kiwi for the win. Bergere would take third, earning enough points to move him to the top of the World Triathlon Championship Series standings.
Canada had three men in the race – Tyler Mislawchuk, Martin Sobey and Charles Paquet all appear to have been part of the lead group into T2, but Sobey was the only one of the three to finish.
1.Alex Yee GBR 01:43:30
2.Hayden Wilde NZL 01:43:40
3.Léo Bergere FRA 01:43:59
4.Matthew Hauser AUS 01:44:09
5.Pierre Le Corre FRA 01:44:17
22. Martin Sobey 1:45:40
DNF Tyler Mislawchuk
DNF Charles Paquet